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Taiwan: The Generation After Martial Law




The video movement in Taiwan has made successful use of home cassette distribution, via both mail and street vendors. The Green Team collective has pioneered in this effort with over 100 titles in distribution, documenting the struggles of farmers, students, workers and environmentalists. In a recent show of force against the repressive state television system, they took to the airwaves with a low power pirate TV transmission which included scenes of a massive demonstration where dozens of TV sets were thrown at the gates of the Taiwan TV station. In 1949 the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) imposed a strict martial law on Taiwan which lasted 38 years. Since this law was lifted in 1987, the alternative media makers have joined farmers, workers and students to press for social and political change. The technological advances of Taiwan's "economic miracle" have made video a convenient tool for organizing those excluded from and exploited by this "miracle." This program illustrates how video activists have developed sophisticated use of small format video, with poetic and powerful imagery, complex mixes of sounds and scores and an effective editing style that belies the urgency under which it is being made. Curated by Ching Jan Lee. Works by Chih Yu Hung, Chao Chiang Teng, the United Houseless Association, and the Green Team video collective. (Taipei, Taiwan)


Run time 58:00
Audio/Visual sound, color


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